Indoor Rower, SkiErg, or Both?

Apr 11, 2017

Both the indoor rower and the SkiErg offer high quality exercise that is impact-free, user-controlled, and measurable. Both are based on exhilarating sports that involve legs, core, back and arms. Either one alone will provide a convenient, effective form of full body exercise.

What may be less obvious is that the two motions are highly complementary. Continue Reading ›

Rowing Faster by Going Slower

Mar 31, 2017
Attempting a stroke rate of 10 s/m (upper right corner) at low intensity

To get faster, row slower. This seems like contrary advice, but by varying your stroke rate you can actually improve your technique and overall speed.

As we explain in our Rowing with Greater Intensity video, a higher stroke rate (strokes per minute, spm, or “s/m” on the Performance Monitor) doesn’t necessarily mean greater intensity. To row with greater intensity, you need to push harder with your legs and connect the leg drive through the back and arms into the handle and spin the flywheel. Intensity requires a faster drive. To row at a low stroke rate with intensity, you need to take a little more time on the recovery. Continue Reading ›

On Plateaus and Progress

Mar 15, 2017

Have you ever hit a plateau—that place where your progress seems to stagnate? You’re not getting faster or fitter—in fact, it feels more like the opposite.

Sometimes this can mean that you’ve been doing too much for too long and without making sure to get enough recovery time. Recovery is a necessary part of improving fitness, so be sure to give your body some time to rest and prepare to go harder again soon.

But a plateau may also mean that you’re not doing the right kinds of workouts for you. Recent research is pointing out several things: Continue Reading ›

Improving Your Rows with the Force Curve

Mar 01, 2017

The Force Curve display may be the most underutilized screen on the Performance Monitor. For many of us, it’s not clear what we’re looking at or striving for. However, the Force Curve can be a helpful tool to help you work on your rowing technique indoors.

A "blip" in power during my workout. To fix this, I focus on engaging my core along with my legs during the drive of each stroke.
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Cross-Training with the SkiErg

Feb 07, 2017

Just as the indoor rower is used by many people who are not on water rowers, the SkiErg is not just for skiers. It’s a great option for anyone wanting an aerobic exercise that uses the arms and core and can be done with or without the legs. When the legs are used, it’s a full body exercise. When the legs are not used, it’s a terrific choice for those who may be dealing with a leg injury or other lower body limitation. Continue Reading ›

Employee Profile: Marc Stäubli

Feb 03, 2017
Growing up in a sports-dominated household, it seems inevitable that Marc Stäubli would end up working for Concept2. His original career path looked quite different than joining a rowing company: he was expected to take over the family business—a sports department store—in Horgen, Switzerland, a beautiful town along the south bank of Lake Zurich. Marc has deep roots in Horgen and many Stäublis live here. To prepare for the family business... Continue Reading ›

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